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by João Canijo


On the outskirts of Paris, a housing project. A youth gang. A fight with the cops. A teenager is killed. From then on, everything happens fast. The boy was Portuguese. The Portuguese community in France never talks. Silence is its rule. But Cidalia, the mother of the boy, wants to know: she wants the truth.

international title: Get a Life
original title: Ganhar a vida
country: Portugal, France
sales agent: Gémini Films
year: 2001
genre: fiction
directed by: João Canijo
film run: 115'
release date: PT 04/05/2002
screenplay: Celine Pouillon, Pierre Hogdson, João Canijo
cast: Rita Blanco, Adriano Luz, Teresa Madruga, Alda Gomes, Olivier Leite
cinematography by: Mário Castanheira
film editing: Rudolfo Wedeles
art director: Mathieu Menut
costumes designer: Anne Dunsford-Varenne
music: Alexandre Soares
producer: Paulo Branco
production: Madragoa Filmes, Gémini Films, ARTE France Cinéma
distributor: Gémini Films, Atalanta Filmes (PT)
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